SANTA BARBARA, Calif.– UC Santa Barbara utility player Robby Nesovic was named to Baseball America's Freshmen All-American Second Team on Monday. With the accolade, Nesovic continues to add to his hardware collection that includes being named the Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year, Freshman All-America by Louisville Slugger, and honorable mention all conference.
"He had a tremendous freshman year," UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts said. "I think it's an honor for him to receive an award by Baseball America which has a great reputation for the work that it does."
Nesovic played the role of both starting pitcher and designated hitter for the Gauchos this season. However, he made the All-America team solely as a designated hitter after he led UCSB with a .405 on-base percentage, and also ranked second in batting average (.326), slugging percentage (.439), and home runs (four).
"Robby is deserving," Checketts said. "He really did a good job not only for what he did offensively but what he was able to do on the mound for us was pretty special."
As a pitcher, Nesovic had arguably his best performance against Cal State Fullerton when he didn't allow any runs through 6 2/3 innings on Apr. 14.
He was just one of three Big West players to be named to Baseball America's Freshman All-America teams. The other two were Cal State Fullerton pitchers Thomas Eshelman and Justin Garza, who both made First Team.